Off to Rochester

Hi everyone,

Today I’m in Rochester, New York at the annual Children’s Literature Festival. I’m seeing old friends and meeting new ones. One of the perks of writing for children is that over time you become acquainted with a lot of talented, dedicated writers.

While I’m here I hope to start work on my own Word of the Month poem inspired by the word FLAMBOYANT. To tell the truth, some of the poems already posted are rather intimidating!

David

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Happy Monday

Hi everyone,

Jane Yolen, I wonder how you’re doing with your project to write a poem each day for a year. I’m now in a similar situation. If I’m to meet some agreements I’m in the process of making, I’ll need to write a poem each day for somewhere between eleven months and one and a half years. I hope to hear from you that you are still on target, it’s a piece of cake, and you’re loving it!

I’ll be seeing Jane next month at the Rochester Childrens Literature Festival, along with a number of other friends including Mary Downing Hahn, Cheryl Harness, Betsy and Ted Lewin, Mary Jane and Herm Auch, Vivian Van Velde, and many others. About 5,000 attend the festival, which is now in its 15th year.

I’m reading all the poems posted this month inspired by the word, NEW. Keep them coming! Beginning this month we’ve dropped the voting process so we can stress the fun of writing, posting, and sharing one another’s comments. I hope you approve of the new format. It also gives us more time to write each month and get our poems up.

David